Michael Haneke's critically acclaimed epic The White Ribbon has swept the globe, garnering a clutch of the world's finest awards. In the past two weeks alone Haneke has been recognised for his compelling film with the Hollywood Film Press Association naming it Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globe® Awards, BAFTA has nominated it for Best Film Not in the English Language and Oscar® nominated for Best Foreign Language film and Best Cinematography.
Artificial Eye will release the multi-award winning epic on 15 March 2010 on DVD accompanied by a UK exclusive interview with director Michael Haneke and a theatrical trailer. The Blu-ray release will additionally include a 'making of' documentary, Portrait of Michael Haneke documentary and a Cannes Film Festival featurette.
Haneke's visually arresting film has taken 12 World Cinema, including this year's prestigious Cannes Film Festival Palme D'Or. Critics far and wide from Los Angeles to France, Toronto, Washington and Chicago have lauded The White Ribbon with awards.
The White Ribbon is a tense drama set in a quiet but fearful village in Protestant northern Germany between 1913 -1914, on the eve of World War I.
The innocent children and teenagers of a choir run by a questionable village schoolteacher, and their families: the baron, the steward, the pastor, the doctor, the midwife, the tenant farmers. Slowly, strange inexplicable accidents occur, which gradually take on the character of a sinister punishment ritual. The villagers' fingers start to point and question who is behind it all until a psychological witch-hunt ensues.
The village schoolteacher turns detective, observing, investigating and little by little discovering the incredible truth. Are we being asked to consider that these events heralded something that would explode years later with the rise of Nazi Germany? Did these perennial events contain the germs of the tragedies that followed?
Acclaimed auteur Michael Haneke (Hidden, Funny Games) returns to his classic themes of guilt, denial and violence in this haunting and provocative feature.
Prize: Win one of five copies of The White Ribbon on DVD
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